Friday August 31, 2012
Woman dies after jumping out of shoplot on fire
KUALA LUMPUR: An elderly woman was killed while her son was critically injured after they leapt out of their burning third-storey shoplot home along the Heritage Row in Jalan Tun H.S. Lee here yesterday.
Members of the public who saw the fire at about 3.30pm took mattresses, thick blankets and pillows from a nearby shop and placed them under the window of the burning unit to break the victims' 10m fall.
Both were rushed to Kuala Lumpur Hospital, but the woman, 70, died at 8pm while her 30-year-old son remained in critical condition.
Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department assistant director (operations) Azizan Ismail believed the fire could have started over an exorcism held at the victims' home.
Azizan said seven fire-engines from around Kuala Lumpur with 62 firemen rushed to the scene after receiving a call at 3.52pm.
“The fire quickly spread through the shoplot along Jalan Tun H.S. Lee which is about 100 years. The two had tried to escape through the staircase, but that too was engulfed in flames,” he said yesterday.
The fire also destroyed a neighbouring unit which was vacant while the unit below was slightly damaged.